It started with a strange habit - especially when you consider the boy was only 14.
But it laid the foundation for a life-changing, earth-shaking impact - one that he still shares today.
How a Boy Became Famous
The boy was Rick Warren, and his book "The Purpose Driven Life" has sold more than 60 million copies, not to mention make him one of the most well-known and influential leaders in all of Christianity.
Here's the strange habit that made Rick Warren a household name:
"When I was 14 years old, I started reading two books a week," he says. "At one point in my life, I was reading a book a day. I now have more than 35,000 books in my library. Why? The people you hang out with and the books you read will determine your future."
And there it is!
Why Books Still Matter
Books are almost an afterthought in today's always-on, endless-scroll-of-social-media-updates environment.
And yet, they (and the people you surround yourself with!) are the key to your personal and professional success.
I'd love to know what one book has had the biggest impact on you personally or professionally.
I've started a LinkedIn discussion where you can share your answer.
Give Yourself Permission
I don't know about you, but I often "feel guilty" for making reading part of my "work day," thinking instead I should be doing a bunch of tasks.
Activity, however, does not always equal productivity.
So I love when people like Rick Warren steer me back to this timeless truth about how to really get ahead in work (and life).
It's by feeding your mind with the type of ideas and inspiration only found in books that you get the motivation and direction to take the actions you need to succeed.
Rick Warren is living proof of that, though as the father of a 14 year old boy myself, I can attest it's a tough lesson for most teenagers (let alone adults) to put into practice!